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e have enrolled in health insurance through covered california. soon you can join them. good evening this is your 10:00 news, what your looking at now is of course what we've been telling you about all evening. the 7.0 earthquake that struck the san francisco bay area. complete devastation. >> reporter: these are images of one of the worse disasters
in history. the people who lived through would never forget. >> the place is rocking so much you felt like you were in a rubber room. >> reporter: the loma prieta earthquake. straight ahead. hello everyone i'm frank somerville and welcome to a second look. this march marks 28 years since one of the most catastrophic events in history the loma prieta quake. much of the attention was already focused on the bay area because of the world series. as the third game of the series was just about to begin an earthquake measuring in magnitude 7.1 hit the bay area. it knocked down freeways, collapsed buildings and in san francisco alone it touched off at least 27 fires. the quake also killed 67 people, injured 3,757 others and left more than 12,000 homeless. in this edition of a second look we continue our look back
at the earthquake which we began last sunday. tonight the focus is on san francisco. ktvu's george watson was at candle stick park waiting for the game to begin. >> reporter: october 17, 1989 amidst the early dusk and setting sun, amidst the crowd, the ground beneath the bay area slipped and this fragile piece of effort crumbled once again. >> the ground started moving. i took a step and wound up 3 feet over there. and took another step and wound up three feet over there. i thought, hey, i think i'll stand here for a while. >> i heard screaming get out of the locker room it's an earthquake. you could not run in a straight line to the door. the place was rocking so much you felt you were in a rubber room. the dust started coming out of the vents. i thought the stadium was coming down.
>> it sounded like the german army was marching over the top of the stadium. just a thumping. you thought it was just people walking around or dancing or something. then when it hit there was no question. you see the concrete shimmering over your head you know what is happening. >> come on, let's go. >> i didn't know where i was for five second. i thought a migraine or hit but it was an earthquake. >> i was in section 53 waiting for the game to come on. all of a sudden we hear an earthquake. pretty soon the stairs started falling apart. it was pretty bizerk. >> reporter: a 7.1 earthquake grabbed a chunk of california at 5:04 in the evening and shook it like a dog with a bone. that wasn't the even so called big one. but people died in that earthquake and it ate up billions of the dollars of things we used to take for
grant as every day parts of our lives. the bay bridge had opened in san francisco but in this time of terror, in the hour of the quake even this bastion of strength came down. >> i saw the bridge actually collapse. it actually came down and hit the deck that i was on and created a crater. i had to use all my force and all my energy to stop this big bus from going into this ditch. >> we just started shaking. and next thing i know i heard boom. i looked out and the cars were like this and i just got off the bus and helped pull people out of the cars. >> 911 emergency. >> have you gotten word about the bay bridge. >> what about the bay bridge what's done with it? >> the upper deck appears to have collapsed in the earthquake. >> hold on a second. >> jesus christ, we have to --
the upper deck -- >> the embarcadero, we have thousands of thousands of people on the streets. what do you want us, you have advice to do with them. >> can we have a 200 or 300 unit come up on the air and let us know what we're supposed to do with these thousands of people milling about on market street. >> we were on the sidewalk walking and the bank of -- i mean the wells fargo sign hit. i thought somebody was working on the building. >> how do we get home? how do we get out of here? >> please get away from these buildings. >> somebody definitely died over there. >> this one too. >> where do you work? >> neiman marcus on the fourth floor. there's trash everywhere. it's really frightening. >> i can only describe the
situation here as nightmareish. the part of the city i was in all day has been completely dark. people are wandering the streets aimlessly. it's a sick feeling to be in the city. i can only advise people to not come here under any circumstances. >> still to come on a second look -- >> looks like part of an entire block of the city is burning. across the street other buildings have collapsed. >> fire engulfs blocks in the marina district and homes collapse. rescuers make heroic efforts inside those buildings. that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and why with our partner in brazil, we are producing a biofuel made from renewable sugarcane to fuel cars.
biggest damage. that's because it's built on sandy ground. and it was the makings of a fiery disaster. bob mackenzie reports, it was also the setting for tragedy and heroic valor. >> oh my god we're having an earthquake. wait a minute. hold on, hold on. >> we need an ambulance. >> hold on, stay on the line. >> as we came over the crest of the hill. you could see the columns of smoke from the fires going on in the marina and one huge column of smoke like a mushroom cloud from the building that was turned into a fifth alarm. general alarm. just looking at the marina from the top of the hill i knew that we were looking at something i had never seen before. >> reporter: these were images of the marina americans saw on their televisions. these were scenes of
devastation that had us wondering how anyone had lived through such a a catastrophe. >> i don't think i can take much more. >> ma'am, i know, hang in there. >> the power is out. >> just hang in there okay. everybody else is scared too, but we just don't have the time to stay on the line. do this, make sure your lights out. if you know where to turn off the gas in your house. go turn that off. make sure you have some fresh water for yourself, okay. >> shook like it was a piece of straw. it threw me off the chair. it was just unbelievable. >> no medical or any type of
medicine for two days. >> my whole house is full of -- >> i think it's a good idea because here comes another one. >> if there was an aftershock the building would collapse then you have two victims. i heard a -- i did hear somebody in there and i would like to take a shot at it. >> i just knew that he would be back. regardless of what happened. >> we had to lift her up. get her up on the stretcher and get her back into the area. he's dragging back back ward. i was on my stomach pushing forward. it wasn't time to stop. reposition or anything. at that time we were just making a run for it. >> as they handed the board out. people were clapping and whispering and cheering and
yelling. it was a good feeling. >> indeed some haven't been through it. a young woman and her baby boy were trap in the wreckage. by the time the rescue workers reached her, -- those who were able to get home later that evening, many found they had lost everything they owned but they were alive. >> so many years, everything i have is right under that rubble. but, you have to take another step and thank god that i'm living that's the thing. i made it. my wife has a sense of humor she said well we've lost everything. but we saved our lives. >> in the first few days apartment dwellers risk injury to pick up the rubble looking
for their belongings. >> you're willing to take a risk to get them back. >> he is. i'm staying on this side of the building. >> people lived without stoves, without gas heat in some cases without water. >> what's your situation? >> we're staying in our house. no electricity, no water since the earthquake. >> how are you managing? >> improvising. >> the red cross has been very, very helpful. they've given us water. >> we have camp stoves so we're taken care of. >> reporter: while they worked to put their lives back together they helped others. if there was a silver lining it was a sense of community. and the decor that developed over those first few weeks. marina people threw a party for themselves to say hey we're
still here, we pulled through. and later there was a moment of remembering for those who hadn 't pulled through. >> it made me reassess things. that there's things in life you can't count on that you thought you could. i don't think i will ever take water, gas, and electricity for granted again. i think i will have a sense that there's an urgency about living that wasn't there before. when we come back on a second look. >> i guess we're just going to have to go. >> left homes, some san franciscans get only minutes to pack up and move out of their homes. >> i opened the door and said, what is this. >> as the debate wears on about what to do about the central freeway. a 20-foot ton piece of concrete smashes right into a restaurant
a demolition crew takes down a san francisco residential hotel that was badly damaged in the quake as though who live there move on. the loma prieta earthquake seeks $3 million in damages. three quarters of the units lost in san francisco were homes for low income renters. rita williams was there three days after the quake when those who lived in one residential hotel stood in line to gather up their belongings and leave their home for good. >> over on seventh street just below market, tenants of a condemned building were about to go in for the first time since the quake. these are people who didn't have much to begin with, now they have even less. >> this is my bankroll right there. that's my bankroll. >> reporter: 82-year-old
retired seaman elian gonzalez had to hang on to the door way to stop his own shaking. >> we were fortunate because we had a few bucks. but some of these people, i don't know they are just on a fixed income. társ -- it's going to be a problem for many of them. >> reporter: finally tom burchfield came to enter the apartment he evacuated three days ago. he still had on the same clothes he had on then. >> some shirts. i never meant to pick up like this. >> reporter: burchfield is a veteran from the korean war now on military disability. trying to pack up a lifetime of belongings in 10 minutes.
>> i can't we're just going to have to go. i have to get a good collection. random peanut butter. my coffee pot, i guess i can get away with that at the hotel. >> reporter: the manager of this apartment building says he's called the city for help and for help for these low income residents. but he says he gets all the attention seems to be on the affluent marina district. but tenant burc hfield didn't complain. he was from a generation that didn't complain. it was something to see a man so proud gather up his
belongings. with that he closed the door on the home he's had for the past five years. >> how much have you got? >> i have 10, $11, that's enough. and, well, see you guys when i see you. >> what's so hard to accept is that there are now hundreds of tom burchfields earthquake victims in this city. the powerful earthquake ripped apart freeways, roads and bridges. in all, damage to the transportation system was estimated at $1.8 billion. the collapse of a section of the freeway in oakland was the most deadly. four lives were lost there. 80 of the 150 bridges also received damage. and initially caltrans thought it might be possible to repair them. in fact, for years after the quake there were political struggles over whether they
should be repaired or demolished. in the midst of all that debate. hayes valley and business owners found themselves not only dealing with closed off streets but with falling chunks of concrete. >> i opened the door and i said, what is this? >> reporter: this was in fact, a 30-foot piece of concrete from the central freeway that tpáel right on to the patio of a jamaican restaurant -- that fell right on to the patio of a jamaican restaurant. demolition was under way on both of freeways. when we back on -- when we come back on a second look. >> artists and entertainers join together to help the victims
loma prieta the weeks followed were one of the longest of their lives. five days later some were able to take a deep breath and enjoy a free concert in the park. the san francisco symphony and opera chorus offered a program including bethoven's ninth symphony. bob hope joinedded a number of musicians in a televised event to raise money for earthquake relief. the benefit was held in three separate cities and included a performance by crosby stills and nash. the performers all donated their time. bob hope was 86 at the time and joked that it was hard to leave
his golf game for the event. >> i wanted to do something ever since it happened. i was thinking about it would be nice to help. when he called me, i was kind of happy that i had this time open and i could get up here. >> you think these people know who you are? >> i don't think so. i think they're just happy to see an older fellow. >> televised live, the effort raised more than $1 million. rock promoter bill graham matched that with $1 million of his own money. after the earthquake engineers and bridge workers went to work immediately to try to fix the bay bridge. it took them a month to reopen it to traffic. ktvu's gary call filed this report in late october of 1989. even two weeks later this picture is still hard to believe. a 50-foot chunk of the bay bridge gone. both decks, peer over the side it's there and you're looking at the bay. >> you're going to fix this drawbridge. >> yeah it takes some time.
>> makes you nervous? >> the first time. then i found out how it was anchored and i was okay. >> reporter: this morning a group of workers were over the cross frame of the bay bridge. on the other side of the bridge beyond the gap, caltrans crews were moving around big steel beams. those beams are being cut and trimmed and painted and will be layed across the 50-foot gap. the steel i beams will be the foundation of the rebuilt roadway. what goes on top of them is the road. 8,000-pound concrete slabs like this one being poured day and night in napa. >> the hours these guys are working getting out of here at 10:00 at night and showing up at 8:00 is the adrenaline of the reconstruction of a bridge that is getting the job done. >> something you will always remember. >> always. >> the concrete must cure for a week. caltrans hopes to start laying
the pieces november 7. of course before any of that can be done the bridge must first be realigned. when the top deck fell the san francisco and east bay sides pulled away from each other about 5-inches. and another inch and a half to the side. hydraulic jacks pulled the side back last night. it was no sure thing the bridge could have snapped. news cameras were prohibited on the bridge during the operation. when the bay area celebrated its reopening it did so with a famous voice singing a famous song. >> ♪ >> thank you very much. >> ♪
and that's it for this w eek's second look. i'm frank somerville. we'll see you again next week. 46 will save lives. it will save money too. i'm bob pack, and i'm fighting for prop 46 because i lost my two children to preventable medical errors and i don't want anyone else to lose theirs. the three provisions in 46 will reduce medical errors and protect patients. save money and save lives. yes on 46.
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